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  1. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    Thanks for the info. Is there anything else you can tell me about the boat? I know it's nearly 30 years, but any history would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    Thank you all for the input. I don't know hull number, name of boat is "Steamboat" and has "US Coast Guard Academy" written beneath. Cam cleats were indeed thru bolted, but on starboard side they are so close to the top that a wrench cannot be placed on the nut. I have an impact wrench and will wedge a screwdriver or piece of metal between nut and glass until I can get it loose. I intend to install small aluminum backing plates unless you guys say it's not necessary. Port side came out just fine and I filled holes with epoxy. Maintenance log is a great idea and costs will be viewed anytime I'm in a good mood and need to come down to earth. Again, thanks for the input and I'm sure I'll be asking another question in the near future.
  3. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    Gutterblack: Thanks for the advise. As this is not our first boat and we have been married for 32 years she certainly has an idea of what to, or not to, expect. Thanks for the tape and vice grip advise. I'll also bring those Saturday.
  4. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    I think the cam cleat was moved to allow the driver to sit further forward to trim main, drive and tack headsail. I know this boat had a wheel and now back to tiller. I agree that cleat should be thru bolted, I just did not see it when I was working on it Saturday. I will go back out this Saturday with larger screwdriver, box wrenches, sockets and maybe some TNT if nothing else works.
  5. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    Thanks for the Fein Multimaster. Never heard of it before. Looks as if I could do a lot of damage with such a tool. I'm assuming I would cut head off screw. try to separate base of cleat from fiberglass remove cam cleat and cut and drill out remainder of screw? Either that or cut hole in bottom of boat?
  6. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    Thank you for the reply. I did not see anything on the inside but I will check again. I did a similar repair on an x yacht and the cam cleats were not thru bolted.
  7. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    Sorry, I meant to post under J 35 Anarchist.
  8. Tack nazi

    New, to me, J35

    Got the survey, purchased insurance, joined yacht club (was already a social member), purchased mooring. Spent several weekends cleaning and sorting things out. Went for first sail last Sunday. Furler doesn't work (I knew that) tore mainsail above second batten and noticed cam cleats for main traveler were shot. Tried to remove cam cleats to replace springs, but bolts came out maybe 1/16th of an inch and keep turning. All four (two on each side). Wife is a little upset as I suggested that buying boat would allow us to spend time together. I have been around boats most of my 58 years so I know about repairs, headaches and the proportionality between boat length and headache strength. I don't think pumping out old bilge water and head repair were on her "quality time" radar. Any idea how to get the cam cleat screws out? My guess is that they are bent and stripped. I think if I can keep outward tension as I rotate screwdriver they will come out. Not sure how to keep outward tension. I tried prying with a smaller screwdriver under head of screw but the head of the screw is small. I was able to crack one screw on the starboard side cam cleat but it refuses to continue to turn. I intend to use an impact driver unless one of you tell me otherwise. Cam cleats seem to be welded to fiberglass surface so getting something between fiberglass and back side of cam cleat will not work. I gave a generous bath of WD 40 before I left. Thanks for letting me vent and thanks in advance for help with cam cleat screws. It's ok to say, "fuck off and go to fix it anarchy" but I'd like to keep this thread going.
  9. Tack nazi

    J35 Anarchist

    Thank you HHN92
  10. Tack nazi

    J35 Anarchist

    Thanks Lex. I'm assuming the checkstays run from the larger aft block (ahead of the spin turning block) and to cabin top winch?
  11. Tack nazi

    J35 Anarchist

    I just purchased J 35 "Steamboat". I'm not racing it this year (I don't think) until I get some more important things done. I want to rebed starboard turnbuckle and remove chainplate and do some work on bulkhead where chain plate attaches. Yes, I had survey and area is structurally sound. Least of my problems is cushions. They're probably original (1983) Wife hates them and they smell of mildew. I know a couple of upholsterers. Any suggestions? I'll probably remove V berth cushions and quarter berth cushions for now and get cabin cushions done. I need foot pump for cabin sink. Any ideas where to get one? Rudder bearings are good. Motor is good, but I want to replace the bellows assembly where shaft exits hull. Surveyor suggested benetau assembly. Any ideas? I also want to replace lifelines. I don't know if there is a supplier of old J Boat parts or if I just get parts like any other boat. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I'm sure I'll be asking more questions once I move boat from Greenwich to City Island. Last question for today: boat has running backstays. I intend to use them, but current owner said he never did. He also said he was never on a blast reach in heavy seas. What say yea?
  12. Tack nazi

    Trying to Buy a Boat

    Thank you to all who offered help. There were not nearly as many snarky comments as I expected. I bought the boat. I got a survey from a great guy named Jim Dias from Accredited Marine Surveyors. I highly recommend him. Thanks again for all your help. Time to jump over to J 35 forum.
  13. Tack nazi

    Trying to Buy a Boat

    J35 Steamboat
  14. Tack nazi

    Trying to Buy a Boat

    I suggested that and seller did not seem happy to comply. My only idea at this point is write the check in full and hold in escrow on condition of survey.
  15. Tack nazi

    Trying to Buy a Boat

    Got a great price on a boat. I want a survey before I write a check. Seller wants me to have insurance before I move boat to get it hauled for a survey. So far no one will write policy without survey. Seller is very busy professional and we can't get on boat at same time to get it moved. Boat is at Grass Island which does not have hauling facility. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for the inevitable helpful and not so helpful responses.